Pier Closing Time
Commissioned by the publicly-funded Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, the images were taken over two trips, six months apart, in 1979.
The original intention was to complete the commission in one journey. But by the time the first batch was delivered, a new director had been appointed, who felt the photographs were too downbeat. To avert expected local criticism, Michael was asked to return later the same year for a more 'optimistic' view.
The first nine of these images were selected for a major exhibition at The Turner Contemporary Museum, Margate. Opened in May 2019, it was the gallery's first-ever photography show. There is an accompanying Thames & Hudson book.